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SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2007

Area schools recycling phone books for cash

When your new BellSouth directory arrives in the next three weeks, don’t throw away the old one.

You could help your favorite school win $750 as Decatur Recycling presents its annual contest “Answer the Call — for Cash.” It encourages local students to collect phone books and prevent them from entering the landfill.


The city of Decatur has offered prize money totaling $2,000, which will be divided into four prizes. The grand prize of $750 will go to the school that collects the highest number of books.

The elementary school and the middle/high school collecting the most books per enrolled student will each win $500.

A wildcard award of $250 will be drawn from the pool of schools not winning the top three awards. To be eligible for the wildcard drawing, schools must collect at least two books per student.

Other options

Residents who don’t have a school connection can recycle their directories in their recycling bins March 28 and April 4. Businesses, as well as residents, who do not have curbside recycling, are encouraged to recycle directories through the school contest. Students will collect books April 9-11.

All of the telephone books will go to Greenstone Industries in Lithia Springs, Ga., where they will be recycled into cellulose insulation.

For more information, call Emily Johnson at 341-4770.

Paul Huggins

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